Batiste v. City of Richmond et al

Filing 144

PRETRIAL ORDER AND TRIAL SCHEDULE. Signed by Judge Araceli Martinez-Olguin on March 26, 2024. (amolc2, COURTSTAFF) (Filed on 3/26/2024)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 DAVID BATISTE, 7 Plaintiff, 8 PRETRIAL ORDER AND TRIAL SCHEDULE v. 9 CITY OF RICHMOND, et al., 10 Defendants. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Case No. 22-cv-01188-AMO 12 The Court hereby SETS the following deadlines and instructions for the parties to prepare 13 14 for trial: 15 I. A. 16 17 20 21 Jury trial will begin on June 24, 2024, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom 10, 19th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California. B. 18 19 TRIAL DATE II. The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed four (4) court days. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A. The Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on June 6, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 10, 19th Floor. Lead trial counsel for each party shall attend. 22 B. By no later than May 10, 2024, the parties shall do the following: 23 1. In lieu of preparing a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement, the parties shall meet and 24 confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order that 25 contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 26 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in 27 numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 28 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 1 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 2 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such 3 witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 4 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 5 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 6 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 7 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. United States District Court Northern District of California 8 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law arranged in a 9 logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated Instruction No. 10 ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each version of the 11 instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the overall sequence. 12 Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed Instruction No. ____ 13 Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. All 14 disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. Any modifications to 15 a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a counter version and 16 simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then that party should so 17 state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate version. With respect to 18 form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding instructions, please simply cite 19 to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury 20 Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not include preliminary, general, or 21 concluding instructions in the packet. 22 23 3. File a separate memorandum of law in support of each party’s disputed instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 24 4. File a joint set of proposed voir dire questions supplemented as necessary by 25 separate requests. 26 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 27 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 28 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 2 8. 1 2 as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this statement 3 should not exceed one page. 9. 4 File a joint statement listing the people involved in the case. This list will be 5 shown to prospective jurors during jury selection. The list should include counsel, the parties, the 6 potential witnesses, and any other people significantly involved in the case. B. 7 The parties have already filed motions in limine, ECF Nos. 95-103, 105-109, and 8 oppositions, ECF Nos. 114-115, 117-122. No additional motions in limine may be filed without 9 leave of Court. The Court will hear the pending motions in limine at the pretrial conference on 10 June 6, 2024. C. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during voir dire Two paper courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by NOON 12 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 13 shall also be submitted via e-mail as Word attachments to The Court 14 requests that all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched, double-sided, and in binder with 15 tabs indicating the name of the document and corresponding docket number. 16 III. DEPOSITION AND DISCOVERY DESIGNATIONS Unless otherwise ordered, by no later than June 14, 2024, the parties shall jointly file all 17 18 designations of deposition testimony or other discovery it wishes to offer, as well as any counter- 19 designations or objections to the deposition testimony or discovery offered by any other party. 20 There is no need to lodge deposition transcripts before trial. The lawyers should simply be 21 prepared to hand to the Court a copy of a witness’s deposition testimony once it is time to cross- 22 examine them. 23 IV. 24 PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 25 make arrangements with Kristen Melen, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at (415) 522- 26 2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 27 28 B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 3 1 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 2 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 3 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 4 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 5 work with the deputy clerk, Alexis Solorzano, at 415-522-2030, on all courtroom-layout issues, 6 which should be finalized at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. C. 7 8 jointly created list of names and places as well as any uncommon terms or acronyms that are likely 9 to come up during the trial. 10 United States District Court Northern District of California By no later than June 17, 2024, the parties must provide the Court Reporter a V. SCHEDULING 11 Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability 12 of witnesses, Monday through Friday. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or earlier as needed, for 13 any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be called at 8:30 a.m. 14 VI. THE JURY 15 The Jury Office asks prospective jurors to complete an online jury questionnaire in 16 advance of their summons date. The standard questionnaire is available on the Northern District’s 17 website at 18 Trial_SurveyMonkey_10-2023.pdf. The parties are allowed to add 10 case specific questions to 19 the questionnaire. The parties shall meet and confer, and to the extent possible, file a joint list of 20 proposed questions to add to the questionnaire. To the extent that the parties cannot agree, they 21 may submit separate proposed questions from which the Court will choose 10. The parties joint or 22 separate submissions are due May 10, 2024, with a Word version of the filed version emailed to 23 The parties need not include a question that asks prospective jurors 24 whether they know any of the individuals involved in the case. The prospective jurors will be 25 given an “Involved Individuals” list when they are called in. The Court will provide the parties 26 with the survey responses the Friday before trial. In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and 27 the jury is selected as follows: Eighteen to twenty jurors are called to fill the jury box and the row 28 in front of the bar, and are given numbers (1 through 20). The remaining potential jurors will be 4 United States District Court Northern District of California 1 seated in the public benches. Hardship excuses will usually be considered at this point. Counsel 2 may conduct a limited voir dire. Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence 3 of the potential jurors. The Court will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If 4 so, questions will be asked of the additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be 5 considered. After a short recess, each side may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges 6 out of the presence of the potential jurors. The eight (or such other size as will constitute the jury) 7 surviving the challenge process with the lowest numbers become the final jury. If more (or fewer) 8 than eight jurors are to be seated, then the starting number will be adjusted. The starting number 9 will also be adjusted if the Court allows more than a total of six peremptories. Once the jury 10 selection is completed, the jurors’ names will be read again and they will be seated in the jury box 11 and sworn. The Court may alter this procedure in its discretion and after consultation with the 12 parties. 13 VII. 14 WITNESSES At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the next two 15 full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than for 16 impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 17 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the 18 same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 19 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in writing. 20 VIII. EXHIBITS 21 A. Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 22 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 23 the precise exhibit. 24 B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were 25 used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., 26 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 27 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 28 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 5 1 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 2 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 3 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 4 Exhibit.” 5 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 13 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if 14 a photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The 15 parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be 16 used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, 17 separated with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine 18 labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit 19 binders should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk seven (7) days 20 before the Pretrial Conference. At trial, the parties shall provide individual witness exhibit binders 21 which contain all the exhibits the parties expect to use with the witness. The parties shall provide 22 two copies of each witness binder: one for the witness and one for the Court. 23 D. Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 24 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 25 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 26 27 28 E. Before the closing arguments, counsel must confer with the deputy clerk to make sure the exhibits in evidence are in good order. F. Exhibit notebooks for the jury will not be permitted without prior permission from 6 United States District Court Northern District of California 1 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 2 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 3 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. 4 IX. OBJECTIONS 5 In making objections, counsel should state only the legal grounds for the objection and 6 should withhold all further comment or argument unless elaboration is requested by the Court. 7 X. CHARGING CONFERENCE 8 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 9 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 10 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 11 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 12 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 13 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 14 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 15 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference, in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 16 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 17 18 19 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 26, 2024 21 22 ARACELI MARTÍNEZ-OLGUÍN United States District Judge 23 24 25 26 27 28 7

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